But Silva had something to prove. A sinkerball pitcher once famous for his pinpoint control, he was coming off a career-worst 2006 season that saw him serve up a majors-leading 38 home runs.
So when Yankees leadoff hitter Johnny Damon strolled to the plate, the Venezuelan wanted nothing more than to strike him out. Or induce one of Silva's signature grounders to short. Anything but a home run. Anything.
Second pitch. Crack. Gone.
Next inning. Giambi. Ka-boom. Two-run homer.
Yankees 6, Twins 1. Game over.
Oh, well. There's always next year.